If you do nothing else, take time to complete the Joomla! v 1.5 Quick Start Guide Scribd, written by Kevin Hayne. As you read the guide, walk through the video accompaniment created by Michael Casha. This is a well developed and efficient training guide and video set.
There are no prerequisites to this step-by-step course for building a Web site for a fictitious landscaping company. In the first few pages, you will have configured a localhost environment on your computer and installed Joomla!. Following the installation, you quickly learn how to configure all kinds of extensions, including components, modules and plugins. You will even make changes to the default template. The Joomla! v 1.5 Quick Start Guide is strongly recommended for all new Joomla! v 1.5 users. In a very short period of time, you will have learned enough that you can build a simple Joomla! Web site.
You can use the Joomla! Sample website to learn about Joomla! features. Check out the Joomla! Magazine article Learning Joomla! Using Sample Data.
Familiarize yourself with the Joomla! lingo. Scribd The better you learn the language, the easier it will be to talk to the natives. Practice speaking these words in the car ride on the way to work, “Let’s see. A category belongs to a section.” Consider asking a friend to make you word games and crossword puzzles using Joomla! terms to drive home key concepts.
Installing Joomla! can be easy to do -- especially on a localhost environment. Sometimes, though, issues at your Web host can make installation very challenging. Make certain you take advantage of the support your host provides. In the end, they are best able to help.
The easiest way to get started with Joomla! is to install it on your desktop computer. There are a couple of ways you can do that:
Method one: Watch this video entitled How to Install XAMPP and Joomla! v 1.5, by Andrew Altamirano (slogen123), where he shows you how to download and install XAMPP as a local server and then install Joomla!.
A localhost is a great way to learn how to use Joomla!, to try extensions out in a test environment before updating your live site, and for first testing out upgrades. Learn to use a localhost right away. It will be well worth your time.
All Web host environments are different. Check out the Joomla! v 1.5 Installation Manual for a detailed set of installation instructions.
Ask questions in the Installing Joomla! v 1.5 forum.